Emin, one of Britain’s best-known visual artists since bursting onto the scene in the late 1990s, has created a six-metre-long bronze figure for Jupiter Artland.
It is said to represent “a different narrative” about women’s place in nature, compared to traditional female nude sculptures.
Emin’s exhibition, his first in Scotland for 14 years, is described as both ‘an expression of love and hope’ and ‘an unyielding look at pain, tenderness, longing and recovery’ .
The show, which will run from May 29 to October 2, is also meant to “address the power and fragility of the human form.”
Echoing his famous 1999 exhibition at the Tate in London, Emin’s own bed appears as a ‘recurring motif’ in the new exhibition.
Most of the works in the exhibition, staged in Jupiter Artland’s various indoor gallery spaces, were created over the past two years in Emin’s studio in Margate.
Jupiter Artland has attracted more than one million visitors since it opened in 2009. So far, more than 30 artists have created work for the 100-acre site.
Emin said: “The exhibition really came about after Nicky and Robert saw my work at White Cube (gallery, in London).
“They had liked my work for a while and had been looking for a piece of my work for the sculpture gardens here and thought this was perfect, so I came and picked a space for it.
“Their philosophy is really beautiful, generous and works on so many different levels.
“The whole place is amazing. It makes art really accessible, but in a cool, sophisticated way.”
Originally due to work with Jupiter Artland in 2020, Emin’s collaboration was delayed by Covid and a cancer diagnosis a few months after lockdown.
“I spent about months in bed after surgery. I couldn’t work at all. It was a really difficult time.
“But since it was during lockdown, I felt like I didn’t really miss anything. My friends didn’t have to see me suffer or what I went through, so in many ways, I been very lucky.” was a slow process to get me back to work. I kept thinking that I was ready and was going to start painting, but it would all be wiped out.
“But now all I want to do is paint. I can’t wait to get back to my studio. I only do the things I want to do and when I want to do them.”
Emin’s last exhibition in Scotland was a retrospective exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
She said: “I had such a great time here with this show, it was brilliant. I loved being in Edinburgh, I loved working with the people on the show, I loved the museum – all the energy he gave off was really positive.
“Scotland feels like such a different country to me – from the architecture and landscape to the way the people are.”